Nearly 40K rail workers began five days of strikes Tuesday, shutting down rail services across the UK.
Rail workers accuse the government of blocking rail operators from offering an acceptable proposal on job security, pay, and workplace conditions. Surging inflation and ten years of stagnant wage growth have made many rail workers unable to make ends meet.
Downing Street is hopeful that a deal to end the rail strikes could be possible. The pay offer on the table, while previously rejected, has not been communicated thoroughly enough with strikers, and could win over union members. Hopefully, this reasonable offer will end the crippling disruption.
Railway strikes may last for months to come. While it is unfortunate that these strike actions are dragging on, the government is making no reasonable action to settle the dispute. If no deal is made toward fair pay and working conditions, workers will continue to strike. These essential workers deserve support and dignity.